The 10th Kilimanjaro Challenge Malta team is gearing up to take on the highest free-standing mountain in the world, all for a good cause.
Over the past 10 years, around 100 members have taken on this challenge, collecting over €590,000 for projects in Africa, managed by Moviment Missjunarju Ġesù fil-Proxxmu.
This year, funds will be collected for a kindergarten project in Jemu, Ethopia. Families in this area live in extreme poverty, deprived of many services. Among the various needs is a day care centre for children.
The school will be able to host some 120 children aged between four and seven, who will be taught basic education and provided with at least one meal per day, preventing hunger and diseases related to malnutrition. There will be no discrimination between children of different gender, religion or tribe.
The group needs to collect a minimum of €55,000 for this project to be completed. The group is also aiming to raise another €10,000 for a flour mill to be built close to the school.
This year, the project will be named after Chris Criminale – a member of Kilimanjaro Challenge 8, who passed away last year.
Past projects by Kilimanjaro Challenge Malta included the construction of three kindergartens, a three-in-one project, a clinic and a house for people with disability. The projects were carried out in Ethiopia and Kenya.
Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 metres, is the highest free-standing mountain. The challenge will take eight days, with team members battling temperatures – extreme heat at the foot of the mountain to extreme cold at its summit.
The group plans to leave Malta in January.
Donations can be made by calling 5150 2084 (€5), 5160 2028 (€10) and 5180 2095 (€25) or by sending an SMS on 5061 7389 (€2.33).
Additionally, a cheque can be written out to Kilimanjaro Challenge 10. Sponsorship packages are also available. Those interested can call Mark Lupi on 7949 5341. A number of events will be held by the group to raise the money.
More information can be obtained by visiting www.facebook.com/KilimanjaroChallengeMalta.